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Convening the Worldwide Community of Practice:
Reducing Major Morbidities in the NICU

AAP VON Scholars Award
2014 Kathy Leahy Scholarship
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Hospital Visits
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Registration for the Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress and preconference is officially open! This is a unique opportunity for neonatal caregivers from every discipline to learn with and from visionary leaders, faculty members, and frontline practitioners from the U.S. and beyond who are deeply committed to the work of this vibrant community of practice.

We have assembled a world-class faculty (bios), an agenda with cutting edge clinical topics, valuable formal and informal networking opportunities—including our acclaimed VON Learning Fair poster session and NICU Tube Fest—and time for fun at the always popular social event, the Halloween-inspired Zombie Ball.

New this year is a special preconference event on Friday, October 31: “Saving Lives With Teamwork: Guidance From Team Science.” Eduardo Salas PhD and neonatologist Sheri Carroll MD convene an interactive workshop where you will explore practical strategies to create highly productive and functional care and quality teams. Whether you are an individual team member, a center striving to expand your QI capacity, or a leader launching a new team, this workshop will jump-start your important work. Also new this year—onsite visits to Chicago NICUs.

And on October 31, the NICQ Next Collaborative and iNICQ Intensive teams already deeply engaged with VON in our quality-improvement collaboratives will come together to learn, share, and improve at the NICQ Symposium.

Scholarship opportunities are available. We welcome TECaN members to apply for the AAP VON Scholars Award; neonatal nurses may apply for the Kathy Leahy Scholarship.

The Annual Quality Congress and preconference events will take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, and the room block is now open for hotel reservations.

2014 Annual Quality Congress agenda highlights include
  • Evidence-Based Prevention of BPD
    Kathleen A. Kennedy MD, MPH
  • Can Quality Improvement Decrease Your Rate of BPD?
    Michele C. Walsh MD, MSE
  • The Ethical Imperative for Improvement
    John Lantos MD
  • Network Medicine: From Cellular Networks to the Diseasome
    Albert László Barabási PhD
  • Applying Network Science to Improve NICU Outcomes
    James E. Gray MD, MS
  • The Developing Human Connectome
    David Edwards DSc, F Med Sci
  • Late-Onset Infection: A View From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Daniel A. Pollock MD
  • The Case for the New COFN Respiratory-Management Guidelines
    Kristi L. Watterberg
  • The Microbiome and Late-Onset Infection
    Phillip Tarr MD
  • The Future Is Now! Automating VON Data from Your EMR
    Neil Sarkar PhD, MLIS

Register today to reserve your spot for the 2014 Annual Quality Congress. We look forward to learning with you and from you in Chicago.

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The Annual Quality Congress is commercial free. The Vermont Oxford Network does not accept industry sponsorship, displays, or product advertising.

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